Target is expanding the number of items it offers through its Target Subscriptions program tenfold. At the program's launch in September, there were about 150 items that could be ordered on a subscription basis. compared to nearly 1,600 items today.
Sunglass Hut is launching an exclusive virtual fitting room where users can try on a pair of Google Glass eyewear. The experience will be hosted via Google+ Hangouts and is the first retail partnership of its kind.
Kohl's has partnered with fashion designer Peter Som to launch a spring capsule collection. To introduce the line, the retailer developed its first shoppable Google+ Hangout.
A new survey finds that customers prefer FreshDirect over other online grocers such as Google Shopping Express, AmazonFresh, Peapod and Walmart to Go. The study, conducted by e-commerce service provider Fluid, revealed that FreshDirect was ranked as having the best customer service. Customers who participated in the survey said FreshDirect scored the highest across key categories of user experience, had a grocery-centric presentation and high product quality. And while FreshDirect was voted top overall, Google Shopping Express was found to score the highest for its extensive searching and sorting features (surprise, surprise.) Traditional supermarkets such as Safeway (NYSE: SWY) and Harris Teeter were found to have outdated interfaces, as described by the survey's authors. Other misses included Walmart's poorly functioning search feature (reportedly a search for apples turned up pears) and AmazonFresh's lack of detail in its product descriptions.
USA Today has unveiled a new retail concept with the launch of the first ever USA Today Sports Store, which will offer digital prints and images from the publication's archives.
Google is testing a pilot program to help retailers understand if their online ads are driving in-store sales. The online giant reportedly has six advertisers working with the pilot and is using data from Acxiom, DataLogix, LiveRamp and Epsilon, reports the Wall Street Journal.
UPS will upgrade its facility services in three North American markets to support the growing e-commerce demand within the retail industry, following a much-maligned miss in delivering packages during the 2013 holiday season.
Pier 1 Imports plans to expand e-commerce this year, quadrupling the number of home goods items offered online and boosting total product assortment across channels by 30 percent. In order to support the added business, the company will build a second fulfillment center by the end of the year.
Amazon has taken to the funnies with the acquisition of ComiXology, a platform in digital comics, for an undisclosed amount on Thursday. The deal could allow Amazon to take the lead in the market for online comic books.
US e-tailer Newegg has made a first move in its international expansion plans. The company has just announced a pilot program which will allow U.K. and Australia residents to order a limited selection of the products displayed on the newegg.com website. When arriving on the Newegg site, U.K. and Australia customers are advised to click on the newly listed 'NeweggGlobal' menu.